Thursday, November 20, 2014

Week of 11/16/14 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

Deb with Violet & Penny
This week, we wish to thank each and everyone who quickly answered our appeal for CANNED DOG FOOD and who kindly dropped-off their donated bags of cans of dog food at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe during business hours - Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. The response to our appeal has been heartwarming and we trust that we will continue to receive enough canned dog food each week to meet the needs of the residents of Dog Town. We still have a long way to go to replenish our empty CANNED FOOD cup-boards, with the Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction of an especially cold winter ahead of us.

We wish to also acknowledge the thoughtful folks and dependable local businesses who regularly donate dry dog and cat food. We can count on them, as they always come through for us. Kitty Aficionado Mary Roden, you are number one with us! Our local Walmart, the Sierra County Humane Society could not accomplish its mission without your on-going support. Canned dog food is now on our high priority wish-list.

Cheyenne and Maggie

Desert Haven recently took in six new, young and full-of-life doggie-fur-balls: Taz, Stumpy, Maggie, Penny, Violet and Cheyenne. Stumpy is a lucky boy indeed, as he melted someone’s heart soon after his arrival at the no-kill sanctuary. All our newly arrived canine residents are now also available for adoption. Every adoptee from our no-kill sanctuary, canine or feline, makes room to save another abandoned or unwanted companion animal.

Do you save Bullocks receipts for our organizations? Our collection boxes are located at Paws& Claws Thrift Shoppe, TorC public library and Williamsburg Post Office. We receive from Bullocks in TorC $2 per every $1,000 of tallied receipts. The generated funds help raise funds for our Spay-Neuter program. Josephine routinely tallies them for us. Lately she has picked-up stacks of them that were purposely cut-off. Once mutilated, Bullocks receipts are no longer accepted by Bullocks grocery store. When you drop-off Bullocks receipts for our organization, please leave them intact or they can’t be redeemed.

 This week’s wish list: Canned dog food. Transparent plastic bags of all sizes - we use them to display bedding, fancy linen and other specific items at the store. Plastic containers with or without their lids. Water hoses in good condition. Walker with collapsible seat. Contact us at 575.894.1694. E-mail us at Visit us at and and

Week of 11/2/14 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin
Dusty Cat aka Flipper

The Sierra County Humane Society is an energetic, active positive force in our community. Many well-intended groups of good-hearted local residents had tried over the years to establish themselves as animal welfare organizations. Time and time again, they failed and they gave-up. The Sierra County Humane Society was the first to succeed. It was organized in November 1989. Less than two years later, it was incorporated and it received its 501-c-3 non-profit status. We are now November 2014. Twenty-five years have passed since we organized in November 1989. Our success over the years is due to a lot of dedication, hard work and determination - and as importantly, because of the support of a generous and thoughtful animal loving community from all over the country. We are grateful to everyone, local and from out-of-the-area, who helps us make a difference for companion animals-in-need in our corner of the world.

Have you seen a blue heeler puppy wandering through your neighborhood? A family is looking for a missing puppy – Shelby -and very much wants to get that little one back. If you find that pup or know where you saw her last, please call us at 575-894-2639 or at 740-0791. Don’t hand her over to just anybody, simply because that individual claims the pup is his. This could be very dangerous for that defenseless fur-baby.

Interested in taking a young, small size, sterilized, very sweet female tabby into your home? The little one has lost her owner who passed away recently. Her front claws have been removed. She would make an ideal feline companion in a household with or without other felines. The little one is terrified of dogs, so we are looking for a kind human parent for her, someone without dogs. Genuinely interested in giving this little one a loving home? Contact us at 575-894-2639 or e-mail us at

Our top priority this week is CANNED DOG FOOD. Our Winter Canned Dog Food Storage is depleted. If you wish to help us out in some way, your contribution of CANNED DOG FOOD will be gratefully accepted at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe during business hours only, or at Desert Haven on Tuesday, when the sanctuary is open to visitors. Check us out at and and

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Week of 10/25/14 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin


This week, the Desert Haven Animal Refuge team is appealing to our animal loving friends for their help in refilling the no-kill sanctuary's Winter Food Storage with much needed Dog and Cat CANNED FOOD. In fact, CANNED cat food is currently on our top priority list, to keep our fur-kids well fed throughout the winter season.

Every morning, we serve a mixture of canned & dry cat food to all our feline residents. They know the routine. It’s a very pleasant experience for our feline aficionados to watch them all get out of their individual condos and other favorite places as they gather around us to enjoy their daily breakfast.

Your contribution of canned pet food can be dropped off at Desert Haven on Tuesdays, when the sanctuary is open to visitors. You can also drop it off at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe during business hours, 10 am to 4 pm Wed thru Sat.

Do you have transparent plastic bags of all sizes that we can use to display bedding, linen and other items at the store? Please also save your empty pet food bags for Desert Haven. We use them there. Speaking of our thrift store, if you have donations that you wish to benefit our organization in some way, please drop them off during business hours ONLY. There are unsavory folks around town who make a habit of taking what is not theirs, especially anything worthwhile that they see in front of Paws&Claws outside of business hours. What we find in front of the store by the time we open for business is what these folks didn’t feel worth taking with them at the time. The local law enforcement department is aware of this and we make a point to ask our friends and supporters, to report any suspicious activity they may see around our store outside of business hours. Contact dispatch at 575-7111 with as much information as possible and we will pursue the perpetrators to the full extent of the law. Enough is enough and we all should do our part to protect TorC businesses from the undesirable element who steals from them.

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